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Considering Sappho as a creature of translation and interpretation, a figment whose features have changed with social mores and aesthetics, Joan DeJean constructs a fascinating history of the sexual politics of literary reception. The association of Sappho with female homosexuality has made her a particularly compelling and yet problematic subject of literary speculation; and in the responses of different cultures to the challenge the poet presents, DeJean finds evidence of the standards imposed on female sexuality through the ages. She focuses largely though not exclusively on the French tradition, where the Sapphic presence is especially pervasive. Tracing re-creations of Sappho through translation and fiction from the mid-sixteenth century to the period just prior to World War II, DeJean shows how these renderings reflect the fantasies and anxieties of each writer as well as the mentalité of his or her day.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Series Editor's Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Saphon, Sappho, Sapho, Sappho, Sapphô, Psappha

Preliminaries: The Sapphic Renaissance (1546-1573)

1. Female Desire and the Foundation of the Novelistic Order (1612-1694)

Sappho Lost and Found

The Birth of "Sapho"

"The Secretary of Ill-fated Heroines"

"Ovid's Disciples"

Sapho and/in the "Great French Classics"

Recovering a Mother Tongue (1): The Other Epistolary Heroinism

Recovering a Mother Tongue (2): The New Heroic Novel

Ritual Murder

2. Sappho's Family Romances (1697-1818)

The Promiscuous Mother

Sappho au naturel

Fugitive Erotics

Fugitive Sappho: Sappho as émigrée

Sapho in (Napoleonic) Italy

Restoration to the Patriarchy

3. Sappho Revocata (1816-1937)

Sex and Philology

De Rerum Natura

The Pure and the Impure

"The Pagan School"

Epilogue

Chronology of Sappho's Presence in France

Appendix: Sappho, Fragments 1 and 31: Translations and Presentation

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226141367
Designed:
Stimpson, Catherine R.
Foreword:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Foreword by:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Foreword:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Designed by:
Stimpson, Catherine R.
Designed:
Stimpson, Catherine R.
Author:
Dejean, Joan E.
Author:
Dejean, Joan
Author:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
French
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
Lesbian Studies
Subject:
European - French
Subject:
Women in literature
Subject:
Lesbians in literature
Subject:
Sappho
Subject:
French literature
Subject:
Lesbianism in literature.
Subject:
Women poets, Greek, in literature.
Subject:
Lesbos Island
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series
Series Volume:
no. 51
Publication Date:
19891031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 halftones, 2 line drawings
Pages:
402
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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